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Old 07-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #1
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Camping in Upper Pennisula MI...

Any good campground suggestions? Where are the prettiest campgrounds? I have seen photos of the Dunes and Pictured Rocks up there and wondering if there are other beautiful spots (waterfalls etc.) to see and camp at. Thanks for any advice you can give.
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Old 07-21-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
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I hear Tahquamenon Falls State Park Detail is a nice one. I hope to go next summer.

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Old 07-21-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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Yes the Tahquamenon Falls is Great! Mosquitoes ate me alive, but it is very beautiful there...

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Old 07-21-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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I've been to them all and enjoyed each and every one. But, I live here so I guess you could say I'm a bit biased.

State Parks of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

My favorite is Fort Wilkins State Park at the very top of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:12 PM   #5
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I hate to give it up but,Grand Marais,Town campground. Located on Lake Superior! Dont get any better! Youroo!!
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:23 PM   #6
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The DW and I will be following this topic with interest since we will be spending our September glamping across the U.P.
Thanks for suggestions and keep em coming.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #7
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Black River and Presque Isle

There are two campgrounds that a waterfall lover simply cannot miss. The Black River Harbor National Forest Campground (west of the Porkies) is at the end of a National Scenic Route chock full of waterfalls. Some of the most beautiful in the state. Just to the east of this is the Presque Isle Rustic Campground in the Porkies Wilderness. This one is also at the end of a chain of waterfalls. These are worth seeing, but not as scenic as those on the Black River, IMHO.

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Old 08-21-2011, 02:17 PM   #8
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So many campgrounds - so little time...

A great campground - believe it or not was Munising Tourist Park. You would never think that a municipal park could have such good camping. Right on the shore of Lake Superior, sheltered by Grand Island. July water very warm and calm for Lake Superior. Camping available right on the sand beach, but don't put up your awning! Wind and storms come up fast. Also, Michigamme Shores in Champion (south of Marquette) is beautiful. For Copper Harbor, Fort Wilkins State park is good, as is Tahquamenon Falls state park. One thing we did that made for a nice trip, was drive from home to Ludington, Mi., take the ferry (with camper) across to ManitowocWisconsin, then up into the UP via Green Bay and Ottawa National Forest.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:09 PM   #9
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There is also a ship museum at White Fish Point thats pretty interesting if your in the area. Wayne
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:10 PM   #10
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My wife and I will leave early in the morning on Labor Day and travel from Central Iowa up through Wisconsin and finally to the Munising/Pictured Rocks area. We may camp a few days in the vicinity of Munising so we can go to Grand Island and also take one of the sunset cruises in the area. We'll probably camp at either Bay Furnace or Au Train Lake, then move to one of the campgrounds in Pictured Rocks. Forest Service campgrounds are our preferred venues. A visit to Grand Marais and possibly even Sault Ste. Marie could be in the picture too.
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